Don't Fear the Metric

Submitted by Becky Caldwell

If there is one thing I have learned about myself over the years it is this; I am really good at making things more difficult than they need to be. It seems I am not alone in this. When I was in high school, I had an exceptional math teacher who always used to tell his students, "If you come across something you don’t know how to do, make it look like something you’ve done before." As an adult, I have found that this applies to so much more in life than just high school algebra.

As an EasyCare Customer Service Representative, I have found that one of the biggest road blocks customers encounter when it comes to finding the right size boot, is measuring the hoof in millimeters. Those of us in the States have been taught and conditioned to measure in feet and inches. The metric system is somewhat of a mystery to many of us. However, it doesn’t need to be as scary as most of us want it to be. Just think of it as counting lines on a ruler, just like you would do with inches.

To help make this process simpler, let’s go back to idea of making it look like something you’ve done before. Most rulers, and measuring tapes, will have a MM/CM measuring side, as well as an inches side.

If measuring in millimeters is something that your brain just doesn’t want to allow you to do, take the measurement in centimeters instead. The numbers and corresponding lines on the ruler are larger and easier to see, much like the inches on the other side. Once you have your centimeter measurements, they can easily, and accurately, be converted into millimeters.

To convert centimeters to millimeters, click here.

One question we CSRs often get asked is, “Why can’t I measure in inches and convert to millimeters?”  The problem here is two-fold. First, most of the time when people measure in inches they tend to round to the nearest inch, or fraction of an inch. Second, one inch does not convert to an even millimeter measurement. One inch is equal to 25.4 millimeters. When rounding your inches measurements, it will obscure your millimeters conversion by nearly 0.5 millimeters. This may not seem like much, but if you take 0.5 millimeters off of each inch measured, the difference can be quite significant. This is especially an issue when trying to fit a boot, like the Easyboot Glove, which requires precise measurements for a proper fit.  See our helpful diagram for How to Properly Measure Your Horse’s Hoof for further instruction.

We are always available to help you with any questions you may have. If you still have questions regarding measuring after reading this blog, please don’t hesitate to call us at (800)447-8836.


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